DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile. Anwar: As an ex-con, you'd like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you've landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you're Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you've no idea what comes next. The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh's undergrowth. But that's OK, because as a distraction, you're project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who's killing off potential recruits? So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out.
* Author has a large online fanbase and blogs at www.antipope.org/charlie. He can be found on twitter at @cstross. *Charles Stross is a regular at many UK and international science fiction conventions. * Review copies will be mailed to the online, print and blogging press. * Book will be featured on www.orbitbooks.net and in Orbit ezine.
Shortlisted for Arthur C. Clarke Award 2012.
Charles Stross writes hard SF, paranormal espionage and near-future techno-thrillers with equal facility and intelligence ... Stross skilfully and accessibly demonstrates how reality is affected by virtual technology, and how life in Europe could soon change as a result. Guardian A diamond-sharp piece of SF... a seriously entertaining and twisted crime thriller SFX Weird and wonderful... a dizzying whirl of insights, beautiful and addictive The Sun
Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full-time.